Is the microbiome diet yet another detox diet that promises a lot and delivers little? Here's all to know about this 3-part diet.
This is a natural anti-inflammatory food plan that promises to clean your skin and boost your digestive system in a few weeks, is that so?
All to know about the microbiome diet and how to follow it
The microbiome diet was created by Raphael Kellman and it consists of 3 different phases with the objective of restoring gut health and losing weight. The microbiome in your gut system is basically bacteria and microorganisms, when the good and the bad bacteria are balanced, the inflammation is reduced, anxiety decreases, mood and brain function improve and it can boost your metabolism.
How to follow the microbiome diet
This is a 21-day phase where the bad bacteria are starved – you are supposed to remove cow's milk, and potatoes and follow the four R's:
- Remove any foods that could include hormones, antibiotics, and pesticides.
- Repair by eating plant-based foods that can improve your gut system.
- Replace artificial products with herms and spices.
- Reinouculate, meaning eat probiotics and prebiotics.
The next stage lasts for 9 days and the idea is to build up good bacteria, you can start by including legumes, potatoes and eggs.
The last stage is basically maintaining your gut health by avoiding packed foods, syrup, trans fats, canned foods, soy, fruit juice, and canola oil. Keep gluten at bay.
The bottom line
The microbiome diet might have some benefits as it focuses on whole foods and supporting gut health, but it could be too restrictive for some people. It is always recommended to consult a professional before making changes in our eating habits.